Wednesday, 16 July 2014

It's behind you!

It was my niece's 11th birthday yesterday, and I was hard put to think of something suitable for her card. In the past she's been into tropical fish, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, and Moshi Monsters, but this year's craze is loom bands in a big and exclusive way. Really not great for a card subject.

I consulted MIL about it, and she came up with the brilliant idea of the school pantomime "Aladdin trouble" {groan} in which my niece has been playing Widow Twankey - and also Widow Twinkey for some complicated reason that I didn't fully get my head around.

What a great excuse to use my brand new Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6"x6" paper pack! With the aid of on-line colouring pages, my Copic markers and some home printed greetings, my niece got a card which she and her little friend pronounced as "cool". And if that isn't high praise from a pair of tweens, I don't know what is.

Here is the inside. I couldn't resist bringing pantomime humour in somehow.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz: anything goes
Cute Card Thursday: pretty papers
Sketch Saturday: this sketch

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Yes I know, this is going to get THAT SONG going round your heads for the rest of the day, and for this I apologise. Hehee!

My cousin's eldest turned 5 on Tuesday. When I asked her mother what her current craze was, I was told anything to do with Frozen, so I got her a purple t-shirt and the DVD. Of course, that meant that she had to have a Frozen birthday card too, which gave me carte blanche to go back to being a little girl myself again and play with colouring-in, glimmer, glitter and shine.

The snowflakes are from Sizzix's framelits set which includes matching stamps. The felt snowflake border is from Little Yellow Bicycle and the background paper is from Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost collection. I printed the image from the net, and coloured it using about half the Copic markers that I own, so I'm afraid I can't give you the numbers. Add Stickles Diamond and Wink of Stella in clear, silver and gold, and this is a card that shines with its own light.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how she liked it all, but really I know she loved it.

In other news, it's the final week of the World Cup, and what a week! With Germany wiping the floor with Brazil in a 7-1 massacre, and Argentina and Holland spinning out their goalless match until long past our bed-time with Argentina winning 4-2 on penalties... wow, what will the final bring? I don't know about you, but our fridge will be stocked with beer ready for Sunday night's final.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Virtual Blog Hop!

The lovely Tanya, one of my beautiful friends from Oklahoma, has asked me to take part in a virtual blog hop, so here I am! I think the idea is to share what we have all been doing recently, so that we can share, be inspired by, and admire the work and creative processes of other people who we might not otherwise have "met". That's a great idea, isn't it?

Here's a little bit about me and what I've been working on lately.

1) What am I working on?
Andy, the Rector of our parish, asked me to make 50-odd stars for the church to give out to the school children and their teachers. Each has a quotation about spirituality, which needed printing in exactly the right place on the card, which I then die-cut and matted onto a bigger die-cut star. A punched silver star was then stuck on and a hole punched through for silver ribbon to be tied so that the stars can be hung up.

I made something similar in hearts, for a recent church wedding fayre, and they were very popular. Here they are before I tied the silver ribbon on. Andy wanted to add essential oil to the ribbons, and the first ribbon I got turned out not to be absorbent at all - oops. I had to get some more, and then there wasn't enough so I had to raid my stash.

I am also scrapbooking as usual, but with a slightly simpler style than I normally do:

This one was made for National Scrapbooking Day at our monthly Bristol Scrappers crop. Usually I bring home a handful of half-finished pages and never finish them, but I actually finished this one.

And here are a couple of my latest cards, one experimenting with a new embossing folder that I got for Christmas, and the other a design lifted from Pinterest, but I did come up with the greeting myself:

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well I don't know. That makes what I do sound pretty posh and professional, and I'm only a hobby crafter. I make cards for family and friends and the choir, so I'm constantly on the look-out for ideas for designs. My scrap-book pages are mostly in response to challenges, either sketches, lifts or technique challenges, so they are different every time because I'll try most things once.

3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I love playing with colour. I love being creative and using what tools and materials I have to design new things. I love giving my cards away, strangely enough.

I quite like blogging about it all too, because I can organise my rambling thoughts into (also rambling but not quite as random!) words and clarify things in my own head. I like showing off what I've done - don't we all?

4) How does your writing/creating process work?
That's a tough one. I have to start with a need: I mean someone's birthday coming up, or a challenge to enter.

For a card, I think about what the recipient is interested in. I try hard to steer away from those generic old cars and golf for the men, although they can be so difficult. Then I find a challenge that fits the bill and looks fun, and go from there. And thinking about it, I use the same principle for LOs, trying to keep to the subject matter. I love challenges.

Next I will pass you on to Georgina, fellow Scrap-Whisperer, line-dancer and friend, who I met in 2008 through an American scrapbooking site while I was living in Singapore. It turned out that she works for the same company I used to work for, and lives not 6 miles from where I went to school. How freaky can you get? Haha!

Georgina will post on Monday June 16th, so please go and check out her blog. See if you can work out how many cats she has?

Thanks for the inspiration to write, Tanya. I'm going to enjoy going back through everybody's blogs and joining the dots!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

I want to show you my latest card. What with having a week away in South Devon, then the kitchen work tops replaced due to a faulty joint (and I'm not even going into all the hassle that caused), then being away for a family funeral last week, crafting has rather been pushed onto the back burner lately. Oh and I've got shingles. Pfft. Hopefully life will return to normal very soon - whatever normal actually is!

Meanwhile, have a look at these. For Less Is More's "smile" (rainbow colours always make me smile) and Papertake Weekly's "Easter". Also for Pixie's Crafty Workshop's Snippets challenge, because you may recognise the doily as being used as a mask on the Mothering Sunday cards I made a few weeks ago. If that doesn't count as recycling, I don't know what does. Hehee!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pink all over

#171 is the final Scrap Whispers challenge in this game. It is to create your page from one of the delicious colour palettes provided. That's all! Easy, right?

I chose this sugary pink palette:

to make this LO:

You can play too, for just 2 more days. Actually, you can choose any of the challenges for this game, as long as you enter them within 2 days, and you will be entered in the Grand Prize Draw. Go on over and have a look?

I also want to show you this pretty, pretty card that I made for a friend's birthday. I'm entering it into these challenges:

Less Is More: masking/stencils (I used a doily as a mask)
CASology: blush (pink, obviously!)
Simon Says Stamp: glitter (Pink Stickles)

Thanks for looking, and have a happy first day of spring!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Rainbow balloon

Papertake Weekly: bingo (die-cut, free (punch), glitter)
Stampin' for the Weekend: anything
Pixie's Playground: snippets

Another Pinterest steal (SIPIDI) using Threading Water punch for the balloon, cloud die-cuts thanks to Amy, and a tiny piece of leftover chipboard that came from goodness knows where, that I've been hoarding for years for EXACTLY this moment. Apparently. Hehee.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Silhouettes and butterflies

Monthly crop today at the Bristol Scrappers!

I never know what to pack for crops. I fill my little car and take two trips to carry everything in and out. But even when I'm prepared (which doesn't happen often!) I always, without fail, want to use the one thing on my scrapbook pages that I haven't brought. Last month I made an executive decision to concentrate on cards at these crops instead. And last month I came away with 18 little "thank you" notelets, so that was a productive day.

Today I only made 3 cards but they were a learning curve and took some time. And I STILL didn't have everything I needed, but Susan, owner of a gigantic sack of paints (including 4 different shades of lime green!) very kindly let me use her acrylics and brush. In exchange I gave her the bull-rush template and die-cut for her art journals. I love how friendly and eager to share we all are at this crop - not just stash and tools but ideas, compliments, appreciation. They are such lovely people.

This week's Less Is More challenge is yellow and green. I brought along my Distress inks and made a wonderful mess.

And CASology's challenge is paint so this one was Susan's acrylics. I always think silhouettes are deliciously dramatic, especially with a colourful background to them - don't you? I'm not sure which I prefer. I'll add the greeting when I decide who and what it is for.

Finally Simon Says Stamp wants pearls, and Cute Card Thursday have requested "springtime". I nicked this design unashamedly off Pinterest where it appears in so many guises that I don't know who to thank for the original. If anyone knows, please leave a comment and tell me so that I can leave credit where it's due, because isn't it delish?

I also want to put this towards March's SIPIDI, as it is definitely a Pinterest steal.

ETA: Look what I won for these cards. Thank you so much!